Fa La La

Continuing my mission to create a few Christmas cards each month, I’m back this week with another of Concord & 9th’s turnabout stamps, this time the Tiny Trees Turnabout.  

The turnabout stamp is stamped 4 times, turning the card 90˚ after each stamp.

Top row: 1. Blushing Bride, 2. Mint Macaron, Bottom row: 3. Smoky Slate and 4. Lovely Lipstick

The pattern is quite busy so I decided to chop the panel into 3 strips and use the gigantic Big On Christmas sentiments to offset the ‘busy-ness’.  I stamped the sentiments with Versafine Clair Nocturne, heat set with clear embossing powder and cut them out with the matching steel dies.

To add some bling, I cut two thin strips of silver glitter card to edge the panel.  The main sentiment is raised on foam squares. 

I performed some stamp surgery on the small stamp. It said “may your holidays be” but I wanted the words from the White Christmas song so I trimmed off the ‘holi’ section.

The fringe tree has dots for baubles so I added some rhinestones over each of these dots for extra glitz.

Mistletoe Madness

Do you remember my post last January when I said I was going to try to make a few Christmas cards each month so that it wasn’t all a frantic panic in December?  Well, that lasted all of one month and I made a grand total of 2! Doh!! So, a new year and a new attempt – fingers crossed this one will go better ?  I’ve been feeling a bit fed up lately due to not being well so thought I’d treat myself to this stencil set.  It’s by Taylored Expressions, a new company for me, and it’s designed to make mass-producing cards easier as you create 4 backgrounds with the stencil.  It’s designed for the US sized version of A4, which is slightly shorter and fatter than the UK version but it works just fine.

For the leaves, I blended SU! Old Olive ink through stencil 1 and SU! Garden Green through stencil 2 onto SU! Crumb Cake card.  You can use the same green for each stencil though – that’s what I did for my envelopes as I like to use a waterproof ink on them.  I then used Hero Arts Unicorn ink for the berries.

The final stencil is a shadow/highlight on the berries.  I did this using a variety of inks and media to trial the different effects.  I used various inks, Versamark with Heat ‘n’ Stick powder and glitter, a line of Nuvo Drops dragged across the stencil – this one’s a bit messy!  Whilst I was making the craft-coloured set and the stencils were inky, I also made a set on white card, using gold and red for the berries.

After cutting the panels down, the craft ones were mounted on a SU! Soft Suede card-base.  The sentiments are Modern Holiday Greetings, also from Taylored Expressions. I really love the clean lines of this font.

Love this set – it’s so elegant! Complete with matching envelopes.

Two of the white set were mounted on the same card-base and I used red for the other two.  The ink on the berries got a bit washed out when I added some sparkly Nuvo glitter.

Lastly, I also wanted to try out a new stencil I bought in the sale from Sweet Poppy Stencils.  It’s called the Mistletoe Tree and it’s designed by Lavinia Stamps.  I used Decofoil Transfer Gel Duo, foil and white Nuvo Drops for this and embossed a line around the edge to finish the panel. 

10 cards of mistletoe madness completed for 2022’s Christmas collection!

Cricutting Christmas

Have you made all your Christmas cards yet? Every year, I think I’ll make a few each month so that by December, I can just write and send.  It never works out like that. I did make two in January but then didn’t make any more until October or November and ended up ‘panic crafting’ in December.  The trouble with that is, it’s not always much fun.  Maybe I’ll do better next year…?

In the Black Friday sale, I purchased a few cutting files to use with my Cricut Maker machine to create some Christmas cards so I have not one, but six, cards to share with you this week.  To begin, here’s a card I made last year when I didn’t know much about cutting files!  I used the Cricut to write the skinny letters and draw the holly and cut out the big words in metallic vinyl.

This next one was a free download called minimalist trees.  I switched the stars from the original as I prefer 5-pointed stars.  The infills made a bonus tag!

My sister loves the gnomes, or gonks as they’re called where we grew up.  As soon as I saw this file, I thought it’d be perfect for her card.  This design was cut from self-adhesive vinyl.

I loved how the gnomes turned out so used one of them for Mr L’s card.  The lettering was cut from vinyl but the gnome is cut from card and popped up on some foam tape.

His beard is flocked card so it’s a little bit furry!  I added some glitter Nuvo drops onto the hearts to give them some dimension.

This next card was for our neighbours so I wanted to have houses on it.  The original houses in the cutting file were too intricate to cut for a small project like this so I created a roof line silhouette instead. The background was ink blended with Distress Oxides and spritzed with water which gives a lovely starry night sky look.

I also added a spray of Perfect Pearls mixed with isopropyl alcohol to give the background some shine.  It’s tricky to photograph but here’s a close up.

Lastly, a nativity scene, again with an inked background.  For this one, I wanted the light from the star shining on the stable to be the focal point.

I hope you’re not having to do too much panic crafting for Christmas and, instead, can enjoy the creative process.